UPDATED JUL 14, 2020
Between brunch hangs, work lunches, and dinner dates with friends, we’ve been to just about every healthy restaurant in the city. These are the ones we’d eat at again.
To know honeygrow is to love it. If you haven’t experienced this East Liberty hot spot yet, you’re missing out on some serious stir-fry and salads. Choose one of the flavorful menu options or go rogue and customize your own creation from the ground up. Have we mentioned the honeybar? Satisfy your sweet tooth with natural sugars like fruit, honey, and added toppings.
Choolaah, a fast-casual Indian BBQ spot in East Liberty, is bringing a modern twist to classic Indian meals with customizable tandoor BBQ bowls, wraps, and snacks that feature tangy masalas and fresh-baked Naan (um, yum!). And don’t worry if you're vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, or gluten-free — they’ve got plenty of options for you, too. Bonus: their open kitchen concept lets you watch your meal being made in their custom tandoor ovens.
If you (like the rest of the world) love avocado toast, B52 is your spot. The thick, crunchy toast and mashed avocado are somehow made better by a tahini drizzle that turns the flavor profile on its head. But don’t stop there — pair it with a kale-packed Kofta Tofu Scramble. Top it all off with kombucha made in-house, and you’ll leave the Lawrenceville eatery feeling your healthiest yet.
Lawrenceville is home to some of the city’s trendiest restaurants, and The Vandal is no exception. Described as “hyper-seasonal," this cafe aims to build a connection between farmers and foodies. And the head chef’s Hungarian heritage helps create an Eastern European menu you won’t find anywhere else. The dishes change every couple of weeks, but The Vandal’s Instagram page keeps locals in the loop with mouth-watering snapshots.
The healthy cafe and juicery, Salúd, brings beautiful and colorful creations to the table that somehow taste even better than they look. No matter where you live, you’re sure to find one nearby—the juicery serves up health-forward goods in a number of Pittsburgh neighborhoods. First-timers, you can’t go wrong with the sweet and filling P-Bee Bowl.
Inspired by the cuisines of Central and Eastern Europe, Apteka serves an entirely vegan menu of comforting dinner dishes that you’ll be back for time and again. But they’re not just chopping up some veggies and calling it. Nope, this cozy, intimate restaurant gets insanely creative with offerings like celeriac schnitzel, mushroom pâté and fermented beets, and stuffed cabbage with cremini and buckwheat. But don’t worry — pierogies are still on the menu. Find the on Penn Avenue, right between Bloomfield and Lawrenceville. Fitt Tip: their cocktails are among the best in the city.
Looking for a quick bite or AM pick-me-up? Reed & Co. takes fast casual to a whole new level by adding vegan eats, fresh coffee, and pressed juices to the mix. Not a breakfast person? Stop by for a post-work snack of vegan nachos topped with cashew cheese and coconut bacon. No matter what you order, this Butler St. cafe won’t disappoint.
Coca Café is the go-to healthy brunch spot in Lawrenceville. And with a rotating seasonal menu, they’ve got something for everyone. Vegetarian eats? Check. Gluten-free pancakes? You bet. And if you’ve got your eye on a dish that doesn’t quite work with your diet — no worries. The staff is always down to swap out ingredients to create a better alternative that’ll fit with any lifestyle.
Bitter Ends gives farm-to-table a whole new meaning. Owners of this Liberty Ave. luncheonette, who also tend to a farm in Verona, deliver their home-grown ingredients straight to Bloomfield to create one-of-a-kind dishes for the whole East End community. But they’re servin’ up more than just veggies here. Stop in for snacks and sandwiches, local coffee, baked goods, and some friendly conversation. The best part? The menu changes daily, so you can get a new fresh and healthy meal with each visit.
Fuel your ride at this bicycle-themed hot spot in both the South Side and North Park. Sure, they’ve got burgers and fries, but you’ll be impressed with the love they show to all the plant-based and gluten-free eaters out there. The menus change with the location, but you can bet no matter which you’re swinging by for a bite, you won’t be disappointed. And, you didn’t hear it from us, but their South Side location might just have the best seitan bites in the city.
Fresh from Florida, this PGH go-to creates its menu based on the belief that we should all “eat like we love our bodies” — and we think they may be on to something there. You can find them downtown and in Shadyside and their bowls, salads, and wraps make for a quick and healthy grab-and-go meal. Even better, the produce is organic, the steak is grass-fed, the salmon is sustainable, and the flavors are bold.
Convenient, affordable, and downright delicious is the name of the game at Freshii. They dish out a menu of nourishing breakfast bites, sandwiches, soups, bowls, burritos and more that suit every palate and preference. And they keep up with the latest trends and tastes, adding something new every 90 days. They have locations all over the country, but close to home you can find them downtown and in Cranberry. In a hurry? Order online and your eats will be ready when you are.
If you’re looking for a taste of the tropics right here in the Burgh, you’re in luck. Kahuna Poke And Juice Bar in East Liberty specializes in delicious poke bowls made with sustainable seafood and fresh veggies that you can build to your liking (they even have vegan options), plus cold-pressed juices and smoothies to wash it all down. Wanna really feel like you’re on the islands? Spike that smoothie with some liquor and stay awhile. Oh, and unlike lots of juice spots, Kahuna doesn’t shut it down once the sun sets — they’re open till 9pm for a healthier happy hour or fun and light dinner.
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